The final outing of the show, Love Of Kill Episode 12, had a lot to offer and a bunch of expectations riding on it. From the title, you can already guess that something went wrong. Let’s find out what it was in this review!
Love Of Kill Episode 12 Overview
Love Of Kill, or Koroshi Ai as it is known in original Japanese, is an action and romance anime that’s airing as part of the Winter Anime 2022 season. It is an adaptation of a Manga of the same name written by author Fe and is being adapted for the medium by the studio Platinum Vision. Platinum Vision has made several action and romance anime in its past, including Servamp and Devil’s Line.
The anime is being directed by Hideaki Ooba, a veteran of the industry who has been involved with the productions of D.Gray Man and Hunter X Hunter Greed Island. This episode of the show is also referred to as Koroshi Ai Episode 11. You can read our review of the previous episode in the series here.
– Koroshi Ai Episode 12 Review does not contain spoilers –
Love Of Kill Episode 12 Review- How Did It End Like This
This is an extremely cowardly show. That word isn’t generally used for inanimate objects, but hear me out. There have been several situations that the show has manufactured where it appears that grievous bodily harm has occurred to one of its cast members and that too at times where it would make sense to kill them off. It would have made for compelling storytelling had the show gone through with either of those, but it didn’t. It chose to entice the viewers with the prospect of an interesting turn, then went the easy route anyways.
Now, after being reminded of the show’s previous crimes, how do you think the last cliffhanger that the show left us with ended? You guessed it right! While this time around, it wasn’t as bad as the previous two times it happened, the show still managed to weasel its way out of an uncomfortable situation in a manner that felt like it shortchanged the viewers. It couldn’t go that far with it because the fate of that character had already been sealed 10 episodes ago.
This episode has some sweet things, mostly regarding young Ryang-Ha and his dedication to keeping his promise. It was heart-wrenching to see people so young lose so much, and the show did that topic as much justice as it could. It is painful to refer to the fake Ryang-ha as that, not only because there is a real Ryang ha already in the show, and it’s confusing, but also because the reasons behind him assuming that name are explained here, and they are also somewhat perturbing.
The series also doesn’t do that great of a job connecting the two plot threads together. The two storylines of Chateau’s past and present selves feel like two different universes, and the show doesn’t do a good job of making the connections left behind. It lets them linger around and doesn’t address how the events came to be, thereby depriving characters of some much-needed closure. It just tells the two halves and lets the audience make the connections for themselves, which isn’t a bad thing but quite different from the show’s usual behaviour.
Overall, the ending that we got from Love Of Kill Episode 12 felt incomplete, as it didn’t resolve much of anything and spent more time trying to start a new storyline than ending the current one. While the pasts of both the characters are now out in the open, their futures are very much still uncertain and this episode doesn’t do a good job of assuaging those fears. It is highly unlikely that there will be a Love of kill Season 2, so better head the way of the manga if you want a conclusion.
Love Of Kill Episode 12 wasn’t the worst ending we could have gotten, but it wasn’t a particularly satisfying one either. We don’t know where the story goes after this, but at least it isn’t in front of our eyes anymore. What more could one ask for?
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